TITLE

Words & Reflections

PUB. DATE
March 2005
SOURCE
Nieman Reports;Spring2005, Vol. 59 Issue 1, p81
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This section provides an overview of several books on journalism. In his hook, The Vanishing Newspaper: Saving Journalism in the Information Age, Philip Meyer argues the case for quality based on the numbers. According to him, the data point to the appeal of quality journalism among readers and the money spent to support quantity journalism can be justified on the basis of higher profits and a stronger market position for newspapers. In the book News Flash: Journalism, Infotainment, and the Bottom-Line Business of Broadcast News, Rebecca MacKinnon says the conversation in broadcast news needs to be broadened to include new technologies that convey information in different ways. In Our Media, Not Theirs: The Democratic Struggle Against Corporate Media, authors Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols decry how profit motives have overtaken journalism's critical mission of guarding the people's liberty and how by embracing objectivity as a business strategy, journalists have been transformed into stenographers and lapdogs. In We the Media: Grassroots Journalism By the People, For the People, Dan Gillmor describes his vision of how the Internet can save journalism and thus democracy by making reporting once again more responsive to the public's right to know.
ACCESSION #
16649418

 

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